Herbal Remedies for Ailments of Old Age
With old age comes a number of conditions that can be incapacitating, such as rheumatism and arthritis. Learn how herbal remedies can help you combat the effects of ageing.
You associate ageing with ill health and incapacity but, with a good diet and an active lifestyle, it’s possible to maintain physical and mental vitality. Your metabolism slows down and your energy wanes in later years, but herbs can act to maintain health and combat ailments associated with old age.
Arthritis, rheumatism and gout reduce mobility and can lead to depression. However, anti-inflammatory herbs, such as white willow, devil’s claw and rosemary, can increase mobility and reduce pain. Involvement in creative activities, such as painting, needlework and crosswords, plays a vital role in maintaining mental capacity and Chinese herbs can also restore vitality and mental vigour. Bone density drops, but oestrogen like herbs such as sage reduce the risk of breaking bones, which are slow to repair in the elderly. Take herbal remedies containing anti-inflammatory and Chinese herbs to maintain your health as you age.
Herbs for Ageing Ailments
- Arthritis and Gout – Joint pain can be due to bones running together or loss of lubrication. For painful, aching muscles or creaking, stiff, swollen or painful joints :
- Devil’s claw
- White Willow
2. Brittle Bones – For unusual or dramatic weight loss or frequent bone breakages, especially of the wrist and hip : SAGE.
3. Memory Loss – For forgetfulness and disorientation, short concentration span, poor short term memory and forgetting familiar names :
- Gotu Kola
- Purple Sage
4. Arteries Hardening – For mental confusion, cold feet and hands and breathlessness :
- Greater periwinkle